- File Size: 114 KB
- Print Length: 32 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0063UL9FQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,683 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Gabriel is a young man who is looking for some excitement with his friends in a post-apocalyptic zombie world. They live in a very structured society and when the Reverend forbids his parishioners to see a local traveling circus, that just ensures Gabriel and his friends will go.
The ending was one of the worse I've ever read. Here's how I knew it was over--there were no more pages. No denouement, no resolution. Just, the end. Dissatisfying. It wasn't that I hated this book. I just didn't like it. It felt very amateurish and quickly done.
This book reminded me of Darrell Shan's series, Cirque Du Freak. Same exact plot, substituting zombies for vampires. Unlike Cirque Du Freak, this is much too inappropriate for teen readers. It is chock full of foul language and drug references as well as being sexually suggestive and very violent.
I suppose my biggest pet peeve with books like this is that they are so focused on the topic that a focus on good writing goes right out the window. Everyone is rushing to write and read zombie books right now because zombies are 'in'. But, still, there has to be a good effort to make a good story.
Thankfully, it was a very short read. I will not be reading anymore books by this author and will continue the search for a good zombie tale.
I'd definitely read future stories by this author.
This is the story of a young man growing up in a society recovering from the ravages of a zombie outbreak. Life in his community is stark and focused on survival. There is a sudden break in routine when a travelling circus arrives and he has to decide if he will defy authority and visit the circus. There is a sense of magic in this story and there is beauty in how Blackburn writes. However, the story is fatally undercut by the author's choice to have his main character -- our only narrator -- be unconscious during the main part of the action and then jumping over key details in what feels like a mad rush to end the tale. The strength of the earlier sections makes the end that much more disappointing.
Not too bad of a zombie short.
No typos, with well developed characters, environment, sentence structure, and topped off with a great storyline, making it great for a quick read. I would definitely recommend it.
A VERY solid short, this, much better than I was expecting given the usual quality of Kindle shorts that have been cast to the wild in the past few months. Some great characters, a vivid and detailed setting, solid pace, and if the ending is a bit predictable (and shows the wears in the fabric where Blackburn is wearing his Jonathan Maberry-loving heart on his sleeve), so what? The blasted, post-undead landscape is convincing (and pretty new), and Blackburn knows how to make it pop. Would love to see this expanded to novel-length, or expanded to be Part One of a novel, or what have you. Very good stuff. *** ½